As noted in Seminole magazine, Sona Patel is an avid spa enthusiast who noticed a lack of affordable options in the Orlando area. Her solution was MicroSpa's technology-driven treatments, which have earned acclaim from Orlando Home & Leisure. Cushy massage chairs with far-infrared heat help evict knots and improve circulation, and sweat-inducing iSlim body wraps aim to oust toxins and promote weight loss. During teeth-whitening treatments, techs use hydrogen peroxide gel and an LED blue light to make teeth as bright as a newscaster's precocious hamster.
Spring of Life Health Spa's staff attends to sore muscles with bodywork services including stress-relieving Swedish, couples, and hot-stone massages. Owner Jeannie Wilmot specializes in reflexology, which focuses pressure on target points on the hands and feet to access and send healing energy through channels that run the length of the body. Along with massage therapy, the staff also relaxes clients with nailcare, facials, spontaneous harp playing, and spa packages.
Even as a little girl, Tamara Baker kept herself busy inventing natural beauty remedies in her parent’s kitchen. When she grew up, she became a freelance makeup artist, creating designs for the Bozeman Opera Association. Later, she transitioned into the world of skincare, learning the ins and outs of aesthetics from dermatologists and plastic surgeons. Eventually, she went on to teach others the tricks of the trade at Florida College of Natural Health.
Today, from her second floor treatment room within Clix Salon and Spa, Baker relies on her more than 20 years of experience to help visitors battle blemishes and the signs of aging using a blend of organic and cosmeceutical treatments. Limited-edition facials naturally brighten complexions with seasonally themed creams and essential oils, and exfoliation treatments—ranging from chemical peels to dermaplaning—gently remove dead skin cells and rough patches. The seasoned aesthetician can also resurface skin using a Dermafile wand. Those suffering from fine lines can opt for the collagen-stimulating glow of a LightStim LED Light Therapy treatment.
Often spotted at local fashion shows, bridal expos, and other events, Hair Connoisseurs Salon & MediSpa's assorted stylists, aestheticians, and ache easers coddle bodies with services for hair, nails, and skin in a flower-filled lakefront facility. In the salon, nimble shears create new styles for men and women, perms and relaxers alter hair textures, and highlights and color treatments get head threads to shimmer without weaving a false ponytail from sunbeams. Gauzy fabric hangs from the ceiling of the private room where trained massage therapists aim to reduce stress with soft kneading, direct pressure, or aromatherapy oil blends. At stone-topped manicure stations, technicians beautify fingers and toes with acrylic, fiberglass, and silk wrap nails, which can be tapped on coral stone accent columns to summon the ghosts of dried-out polish bottles.
Dorothy, the experienced aesthetician behind Eternal Youth Skin Care, protects her clients from the dangers of invasive procedures and toxic products with her collection of holistic facials. Among options that clients would be hard-pressed to find on another spa’s menu, the laser-alternative facial combines BioLamp therapy with hyperbaric pressure that pushes minerals deep into the skin. In a similarly innovative vein, Dorothy’s Botox-alternative treatment starts with a light peel and enhances the effects of its ingredients with small electrical currents. Aside from these and other facial treatments, Dorothy heals skin and helps shoulders sprout their nascent wings with infrared body wraps and holistic energy work.
At Altamonte Springs Body Contouring, technicians overseen by the medical director, Doctor of Chiropractic Ken Ross, firm and tighten faces and bodies without resorting to surgery. First, clients undergo an in-depth one-on-one consultation that determines how to custom tailor their treatments. They might qualify for a face-lifting microcurrent facial, a skin-sloughing microdermabrasion, or a collagen-boosting and tightening ultrasound or radio-frequency facial. Clients might also get an ultrasonic fat-reduction treatment designed to help clients to lose weight without dieting excessively or pushing their car to work every morning. The technicians track each client's progress throughout their treatments. The treatments are noninvasive and require no downtime.